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As Vice President of U.S. Government Relations, Mr. Morgante works closely with business owners and colleagues from A.P. Moller – Maersk and all affiliated companies and departments, as well as with members of Congress, state legislators, staff members, and agency representatives at the federal and state level to positively influence Maersk's legislative and regulatory interests. In 2019, Mr. Morgante’s presence on Capitol Hill helped lead to reauthorization of the Maritime Security Program. Over the years, his efforts in various state capitals delivered positive results that have had a direct impact to Maersk's bottom line, from defeating container fees in California, New Jersey, Virginia, and Illinois to introducing and successfully lobbying the Alabama Renewal Act, which provides cargo volume and capital investment port incentives in Alabama.
Mr. Morgante joined Maersk Line in January 1994, and has served in several management positions with increased responsibility, including route management, representative in Ocean Carrier Rate Conferences/Discussion Agreements, and regulatory affairs.
Positions of trust:
• American-Danish Business Council, Board of Directors, Co-Chair.
• National Association of Waterfront Employers (NAWE), Chair - Board of Directors.
• Ocean Carriers Equipment Management Association (OCEMA), Chair - Legislative Committee.
• Affiliated Industry Professional and Guest Lecturer, Rutgers University Business School.
• Rutgers College, New Brunswick, NJ, B.A. in Political Science, 1988.
• Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government IME program, Cambridge, MA, 2008.
Mr. Morgante and his wife, Kathleen, have three sons.
Daniel B. Maffei, of New York, was designated by President Biden as Chairman of the Federal
Maritime on March 29, 2021. He was first nominated to serve on the FMC by President Barack
Obama and then renominated by President Trump.
While serving on the FMC, Mr. Maffei has shown a particular interest in addressing the
vulnerability of the global transportation system to industry-wide financial and security risks.
He has spoken at national and international conferences on the changing nature of the
economics of international shipping due to technological advances and the pressures that
newer and larger carriers have placed on U.S. transportation infrastructure.
A native of Syracuse, New York, Chairman Maffei’s career in government spans more than
twenty years. He was elected to two terms in the United States House of Representatives from
2009 to 2011 and from 2013 to 2015. Immediately prior to his initial appointment to the FMC,
Mr. Maffei was a Senior Advisor at the United States Department of Commerce.
Commissioner Maffei’s time in Congress included service on the House Armed Services
Committee, House Financial Services Committee, and House Judiciary Committee. While
serving in Congress, Commissioner Maffei’s Central New York district included the Port of
Oswego, the first U.S. port of call and deepwater port on the Great Lakes.
Commissioner Maffei has substantial experience teaching and researching at universities and
think tanks. His private sector experience also includes time as an independent consultant, a
Senior Policy Advisor at Manatt, Phelps, Phillips LLP, and an executive at Pinnacle Capital
Management, LLC (Syracuse, NY).
From 1998 to 2005, Commissioner Maffei worked on the Democratic staff of the House Ways
and Means Committee. Previously, he had been Press Secretary for U.S. Senator Daniel
Patrick Moynihan from 1997 to 1998 and Press Secretary for U.S. Senator Bill Bradley in 1996.
Chairman Maffei received his bachelor’s degree in History and American Civilization from
Brown University and holds master’s degrees from the Columbia University’s Graduate School
of Journalism and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue's research interests mainly cover the fields of transportation and
economics as they relate to logistics and global freight distribution. Specific topics over which
he has published extensively cover maritime transport systems and logistics, global supply
chains, gateways, and transport corridors. His research about port regionalization and the
development of port/hinterland supply chains is among the world's most cited in the domain.
Dr. Rodrigue developed a widely used online reference source and textbook about
transportation, the Geography of Transport Systems, now in its fifth edition. He is a senior
member of the PortEconomics.eu initiative regrouping the world's leading maritime transport
academics and performs advisory and consulting assignments for international organizations
and corporations. His co-authored textbook, Port Economics, Management and Policy, was
published in January 2022. In 2019, he was the recipient of the Edward L. Ullman Award for
outstanding contribution to the field of transport geography by the Association of American
Jonathan Gold is vice president of supply chain and customs policy at the National Retail
Federation. In this role, Gold is a primary spokesperson and is responsible for
representing the retail industry before Congress and the administration on supply chain,
international trade, product safety and customs related issues impacting the retail
industry. While with NRF, he has been a leading advocate of the value of trade and
global value chains to the U.S. economy.
Prior to joining NRF, Gold served as a policy analyst in the Office of Policy and Planning
for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). He joined CBP in May 2006 and was
responsible for providing policy guidance on issues surrounding maritime cargo security
and trade-related matters. Gold also worked on implementation issues surrounding the
SAFE Port Act and other issues within the agency including CBP intelligence reform,
pandemic flu and trade facilitation.
Before joining CBP, Gold spent nearly a decade with the Retail Industry Leaders
Association holding several government relations positions including director and then
vice president of international trade policy before being named vice president of global
supply chain policy in January 2005.
Gold currently serves on the Department of Commerce’s Advisory Committee on Supply
Chain Competitiveness. He has previously served on the Department of Homeland
Security’s Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) and on the
Department of Commerce’s International Trade Advisory Committee on Distribution
Gold graduated from American University in Washington, DC in 1994. He graduated
with a bachelor's degree in international business with a concentration in finance.
John Drake is vice president for supply chain policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Drake oversees the development and implementation of the Chamber’s supply chain policy priorities and represents the Chamber before Congress, the administration, the
business community, and other stakeholders. Drake collaborates with Chamber member companies and the business community to
educate policymakers in Congress, the federal government, and the international community on the challenges and opportunities facing businesses at ports of entry and
along their global supply chains. In addition, he manages the efforts of the Chamber’s Supply Chain Leadership Council, which governs the supply chain advocacy activities of
the Chamber and the Supply Chain Working Group, a large group of companies and associations promoting the modernization of global supply chains and cross-border trade.
Drake comes to the Chamber from Amazon, where he was a senior manager for public policy. He coordinated segments of Amazon’s business with regulators at the Department
of Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency, and Congress. Prior to Amazon, Drake was a senior appointee at the Department of Transportation.
There he led the government affairs office of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, served as a deputy assistant secretary for transportation policy, and was
deputy administrator to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. He also spent nearly 10 years on Capitol Hill, including as a professional staff member on the
Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation and the House Transportation and Infrastructure committees. Earlier, he was the American Trucking Associations’ top representative to the Senate.
Drake holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife and two children
Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart is currently fulfilling his 10th term in the U.S.
House of Representatives, serving Florida’s 25th congressional district. Diaz-Balart is a senior member of the House Committee on Appropriations, and he is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and
Urban Development, in addition to serving on the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs and Defense Subcommittees.
Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart was elected to the U.S. House of
Representatives in 2002, making him the Dean of the Florida Delegation and
Deputy Whip in Congress. Prior to his time in Congress, Diaz-Balart served in the
Florida State Legislature in both the House and Senate chambers. He chaired
several committees, including the Combined Appropriations/Ways and Means/
Finance and Tax Committee.
Congresswoman Virginia Foxx represents North Carolina’s 5th District in the United States House of Representatives. Throughout her time in Congress, Foxx has established herself as a champion of conservative values and has helped lead the national movements to reduce federal government spending and increase government oversight and accountability. She currently serves as the Republican Leader of the House Committee on Education and Labor. From 2013 to 2016, she served as Secretary of the House Republican Conference.
As the Chairwoman of the House Subcommittee on Higher Education, Foxx led efforts to modernize and reform the nation’s workforce development system.
Prior to serving on Capitol Hill, Foxx spent 10 years in the North Carolina Senate where she successfully sponsored several statewide and local bills and consistently voted against tax increases and for legislation that would make governments more efficient and less wasteful.
Dr. Foxx is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received her A.B. degree in English and M.A.C.T. in Sociology. She earned her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Teaching/Higher Education from UNC-Greensboro.
Rep. Salud Carbajal represents California’s 24th congressional district, a stretch of the central coast encompassing Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and part of Ventura County. He serves as Chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, and serves on the House Armed Services and Agriculture Committees.
First elected in 2016, Congressman Carbajal’s life experiences have helped him advocate for the needs of his constituents by fighting for veterans’ services, environmental protections, economic opportunities for working families, improvements to our immigration system, and common sense fixes to alleviate supply chain issues being felt across the nation. Prior to his election to Congress, Salud served on the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors.
Rep. Carbajal rose from humble beginnings after emigrating from Mexico to the United States when he was 5 years old. Salud earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) and a master’s degree in Organizational Management from the Fielding University. He served eight years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, including active duty service during the Gulf War in 1992 where he was mobilized to Jacksonville, North Carolina.
Michael Carter is the Associate Administrator for Environment and Compliance at the Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration (MARAD). In that capacity he provides executive leadership, oversight and management for the Office of Environment and Innovation, Office of Environmental Compliance, Office of Safety and the Office of Maritime Security.
Mr. Carter launched MARAD’s Maritime Environmental and Technical Assistance Program (META) to improve collaboration among Federal, state and local government, academia, and maritime industry stakeholders to address emerging environmental challenges facing maritime transportation. Research and demonstration efforts have been directed towards issues such as aquatic invasive species in ships’ ballast water and in underwater hull fouling and on port and vessels air emissions, alternative fuels, and alternative energy.
Mr. Carter and his staff maintain a strong international presence on these same issues serving in various capacities on the US Delegation to the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) and the International Organization of Standardization (ISO).
Before joining the Maritime Administration in August 1995, Mr. Carter was in a private environmental law practice. He holds a Juris Doctorate from Catholic University of America (Columbus School of Law) and a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and Wildlife Resources (Magna Cum Laude) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Christopher J. Godfrey serves as the director of the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
at the U.S. Department of Labor. He was sworn in on January 20, 2021.
With an undergraduate degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, Godfrey received
his Juris Doctorate with honors in 1998 from the same school and passed the Iowa Bar that
Before joining the department, Director Godfrey worked for the Employees' Compensation
Appeals Board (ECAB), having been placed on the Board under the administration of President
Barack Obama. ECAB is the adjudicatory board within the department with the highest level of
appellant review for claims arising under the Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA).
Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez appointed him to the position of Chief Judge and Chairman
of ECAB with the goals of decreasing case processing times and the overall volume of pending
appeals. He continued to serve as a part of ECAB's leadership until his appointment as OWCP
In his legal career, he first worked as a law clerk for Roxanne Conlin and Associates, learning
the importance of fighting tenaciously for justice and equality, especially for those injured or
harassed in their employment. After several years in the private sector practicing in both state
and federal court, where he represented Iowa employers and workers, then-Governor Thomas
Vilsack nominated Godfrey to the position of Iowa Workers' Compensation Commissioner in
Following his initial confirmation in 2006, he was renominated by Governor Chet Culver and
unanimously reconfirmed by the Iowa Senate in 2009 to a six-year term. As commissioner, he
served as the administrative agency head and sole administrative appeals judge for the state's
contested workers' compensation claims. While commissioner he successfully transformed the
agency to reduce case processing times and reduced a backlog of pending appeals. Although it
took well over a year for an appeal to be decided when appointed, by the time Godfrey left the
position, appeals were decided during the month of full submission. He served as Iowa's
Commissioner until July 2014.
During his career, Director Godfrey has served in leadership roles in several workers'
compensation organizations and was awarded a Judicial Achievement Award in 2013, the
Esther S. Weissman Eternal Optimism Award from the Workers' Injury Law and Advocacy
Group in 2014, and the Roxanne Barton Conlin Award in 2017 from the Iowa Association for
Justice. In 2020, he received the Courageous Six award from OneIowa. For this award, he was
recognized for his leadership in the Iowa LGBTQ community and his involvement in a
landmark legal battle in the state, which involved claims of discrimination, retaliation, and
violation of state constitutional rights.
Director Godfrey was elected as a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance for his
leadership in social insurance programs. He has served in an executive position with the
International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC).
Mr. Rios is the Director of DOL’s Division of Federal Employees’,
Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation where he administers
three federal workers’ compensation statutes: the Federal Employees’
Compensation Act (FECA); Longshore Harbor Workers Compensation
Act (LHWCA) and its extensions; and the War Hazards Compensation
Act (WHCA). As the administrator of the FECA program, which
provides coverage to approximately 2.6 million federal workers, he
oversees the adjudication of 100,000 new injury claims annually and
the payment of roughly $3 billion to over 200,000 beneficiaries
annually. As the administrator of the Longshore program, he oversees
$3.2 billion in security deposits and two trust funds with approximately
$100 million in annual collections. Under the WHCA program, he
directs the reimbursement of federal contractor claims costs under the Defense Base Act to the primary
payers of the claims for those injuries when they are caused by war hazards. Mr. Rios holds an MPA,
BBA, and has over 27 years of experience in the field of workers’ compensation.